Front Sight 4 Day Defensive Handgun (long post warning)
I first contacted Front Sight back in February, when I signed up for their "Millionaire Patriot Offer". After a delay of 3 months, waiting for the gun and gear, I finally agreed to accept a Taurus PT1911, instead of the Springfield XD .45. They kept telling me that they were waiting for shipments from the manufacturer. Anyway, long story short, I got tired of waiting and agreed to the Taurus.
At first I was disappointed with the Taurus, but after I got to know it, it is a fine pistol. I was a bit worried, however, wondering if the Taurus would handle the grueling 4 day course of 800 rounds. Throughout the summer, I shot less than 500 rounds through the Taurus, no malfunctions of any kind, I really got used to this pistol. I ordered an IWB holster from Little Bear Holsters and now I'm ready to go to Front Sight.
Well, it took a couple of months to coerce my brother and two cousins to go with me and we set the date Oct. 23, 2009. 8 months had passed since I originally purchased the course and now we were finally going. I had mixed feelings, I didn't know if I should be excited or worried. I had heard a lot of good things about Front Sight, but because of a little bit of negative dealings with the gun shipment, I was concerned that I would be disappointed with the experience.
I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. The first day was filled with some long, but informative and interesting, lectures. A long, exhausting day. We got out about 7 pm.
Back again, day 2. We got started right away on the range. Our range master, Eric Loden, was a great instructor. We learned proper presentation, tactical and emergency reloads, a lot of dry fire drills mixed in with the live fire drills. The temp was in the high 80's all weekend, some people were complaining about the heat, but being an Arizona guy, it was pleasant fall weather.
Day 3. Things really got cooking today. Started firing exercises on turning targets. Failure to stop drills, aka Mozambique drills, hostage shots. A lot of repetition, but the range officers were all excellent, very patient and informative. After lunch, we were lectured on tactics, approaching and getting through funnels, doors and hallways, etc. Excellent lecture, I wish I could remember the name of the lecturing instructor. After the lecture we went out to a live fire house and ran through a simulator of sorts, really fun stuff shooting at life size photos of bad guys, try not to shoot the good guys. This was the longest day, we stayed until nightfall to learn low light shooting with the Harries technique. During our evening dinner break, an instructor gave a lecture about low light shooting, covered several different techniques, gave pros and cons of each. He also demonstrated the various techniques and used many different types of lights. Excellent lectures, all of them. Night shoot was a blast, no pun intended. I used my G2 that came with the free gun and gear offer.
Day 4. I'm very homesick, miss my kids something terrible. Lots of shooting today. We were run through a review of all the stuff we had learned the previous days and prepared for a skills test at the end of the day. The skills test involved getting two controlled hits on turning targets at 3 and 5 meters in under 2 seconds. I was amazed that I could accomplish this it was a lot of fun. We also had timed head shots at 3, 5 and 7 meters, I don't know how long the 7 meter timer was, but it was longer than the 3 and 5. Also, this skills test was done from concealment, I used my Carhartt vest, it worked great. We were also timed for malfunction clearances. I can't remember which day we were taught these, probably day 3. I flubbed an emergency reload and a type 3 malfunction and it cost me the 'Distinguished Graduate' title. No matter, I was surprised at what I was able to do with their excellent instruction, especially because this was my first attempt, at any level, of any kind of firearms training.
Trying to sum up; I had a blast. The course exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be going back. The Taurus also held up great. I never cleaned it, wanting to see how it would perform.
This was a 5 shot group @ 7 meters, notice how dirty the Taurus is.
On a closing note; I must admit that, at first, I was a little skeptical at Ignatius Piazza's marketing strategy, but after attending and listening to their point of view, and also gaining a better insight of what their trying to accomplish, I understand why he does what he does. I might've done it differently, but Front Sight knows what their doing. Oh yeah, I applauded at the end of the last lecture when we all left.
My apologies for the long post. I was hoping to be informative to whoever might be looking for some info on Front Sight.
We were on a different range...
My wife and I went to the Oct 23 four day Defensive Handgun on a different range - range 6. Mike was our range master. We had a great experience. The lectures were by Wes and Scott. Wes is the director and Scott does the concealed carry stuff. Everything was as you said, my wife was particularly impressed with how the women were not treated as second class attenders. We also did the concealed carry class the day after the four day handgun. We left with the paperwork for Nevada, Utah and Florida. We feel a lot better about the prospect of concealed carry when the permits come. I had also seen hints that there was problems with Front Sight, but if the attendance and the feeling of the attendees is any indicator, then the only problems appear to be rumors.